The Affordable Old School Concert Series is a four-show concert series designed to expose and entertain a diverse audience with a variety of Old School Hip Hop and R&B music.
There are a total of four shows in the concert series that will consist of four music acts and one comedian. The Affordable Old School Concert Series was formed to be affordable with $25 tickets that will be attractive to most consumers in todayâs economy. It is the mission of this concert series to provide the public access to a means of expression that promotes social consciousness, positive entertainment and personal fulfillment.
The Wolf Creek Amphitheater presents the dynamic R&B Band Mint Condition in concert at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater on June 1, 2013. Mint Condition delivers it all through âhard-bitten funk, with a hip hop edge andâŠcrooning soul ballads.âÂ Â The concert is the second of the four âAffordable Old School Concert Series.
Additional special guests for the evening include British American Rapper Slick Rick (The Ruler), R&B Singer and one-time Sean âDiddyâ Combs protĂ©gĂ©, Carl Thomas, and alternative Southern Rap Quartet Nappy Roots.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with The Planet Jazz All-Stars featuring Phillipia opening the show. The doors will open two hours prior to show time in order to allow concertgoers time to bring in their own food, beverages and coolers. Wolf Creek Amphitheater will also have several food and beverage vendors on site for patrons who choose not to bring in their own food and beverages.
Tickets are on sale at www.TicketAlternative.com (877-725-8849).Â Please visit the Wolf Creek Amphitheater website for any additional updates. The website address is www.WolfCreekAmphitheater.com.
The concert will bring back memories for many and excite others with the rhythmic sounds of hip-hop and rap.Â Â The evening will mix funk, romance and music filled with messages for individuals and multi-generational families.Â Wolf Creek Amphitheater is located at 3025 Merk Road, Atlanta, GA 30349. Patrons may enter the venue from the Enon Road entrance as well.Â Guests are allowed to bring their own food and beverages.Â Parking at the venue is only $10.00.
About the Performers Below: (from their bios)
Mint Condition â Once upon a time, there were great funk/R&B bands like Earth Wind & Fire, The Meters, War, Kool & The Gang, Slave, and numerous others who constantly broke down musical barriers. The musicality of these units was superior â they could rock or funk out as easily as they could move the crowd with a tenor soulful ballad. The rise of electronic music gradually undermined self-contained bands but in the 90s a dynamic young new band emergedâMint Condition, now the greatest self-contained R&B band of our time. Anointed early on by superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (formerly of the band The Time), Mint Condition does it allâdelivering hard-bitten funk with a hip hop edge, rocking out with screaming lead guitar, and crooning lush, "baby-making" soul ballads. The much sought after band, which mark their 20th Anniversary this year, has amassed a string of hits and performs hundreds of live shows each year.
Slick Rick â Born to Jamaican parents in South Wimbledon, London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, who has always been considered ahead of his time, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and hilarious one-liners make him the wittiest rapper of all time.
He immigrated with his family to the Bronx in the late â70s and attended the La Guardia High School of Music & Art, where he became friends with future rapper Dana Dane. Rick began to gravitate towards the makeshift music of the streets. The two formed the Kangol Crew, and began performing in hip-hop battles around the city. At one 1984 battle in the Bronx, Rick met Doug E. Fresh, and began playing with his Get Fresh Crew (which also included Chill Will and Barry Bee). In the summer of 1985, the duo released their historic singles, âThe Show and La Di Da Di.â Freshâs beatbox and Rickâs smooth lyrical delivery turned rap music on its head and MC Ricky D. â as Rick was known thenâ leaped to a solo contract two years later, after an acquaintance with Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen led him to become the 3rd artist signed to Def Jam Records, the biggest label in hip-hop at the time. Before long, Rick would establish himself as one of the architects of hip-hop.
Carl Thomas â âI am back,â declares celebrated and respected R&B singer Carl Thomas. âDo you know why?â he asks almost rhetorically. His confidence and smooth, hood yet high-post eloquence betray even the thought of you offering any possible guesses. You know he is ready with the answer. âI am back because this game will tell the truth on you. If you are meant for it, it wonât allow you to stray away for too long,â he says.
Once a protĂ©gĂ© of music mogul Sean âDiddyâ Combs (who signed Thomas after hearing him sing at an open mic night in New York in the mid â 90s), he was the first heartthrob R&B songster on Bad Boy Entertainment. Thomas is best known for his #1 R&B smash âI Wishâ from the album So Emotional, which debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard and was a critical and commercial success, selling nearly 2 million copies.
Nappy Roots - The group, Nappy Roots, is an American hip-hop sextet that originated in Kentucky in 1995, best known for their hit 2002 single âAwnawâ. Their music can be categorized as alternative Southern rap.
The members of the group met while studying at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The group consists of Kentucky and Oakland, California natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, Big V, R. Prophet, and Fishscales.
Their debut album Country Fried Cess was released in 1998. Eventually, they were signed to the major label Atlantic Records and rose to fame with their first album on the label, 2002âs Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. The album featured the singles âHeadz upâ, âAwnawâ (whose remix featured Marcos Curiel), and âPoâ Folksâ (featuring Anthony Hamilton). Their next album Wooden Leather, released in 2003, featured the singles âRounâ the Globeâ and âSick and Tiredâ (featuring Anthony Hamilton). This critically acclaimed, major label follow up album, âWooden Leatherâ featured production from Kanye West, David Banner and Lil Jon.
Since the release of Wooden Leather, they are back to being independent artists, and have started their own label, N.R.E.G (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group) with distribution through Fontana/Universal Music Group. On July 31, 2007, they released their first album as independent artists, Innerstate Music featuring singles âGood Dayâ and âKeep It Realâ.
Griff â âGRIFFâ is from EARTH (small Planet in The Milky Way) âŠ Maybe youâve heard of it?? But since everyone might not get that, heâs a native of California who now resides in Atlanta, GA. âGRIFFâ has wanted to be a comedian since he was three years old where his mother set up the seniors in The Convalescent Homes where she worked, in an audience type setting and let her son make sleeping and comatose old people laugh.
So after working the Geriatric Circuit for a couple of summers, his destiny was settled. Since then, that little funny boy with the faith of a PLANET (mustard seeds are so clichĂ©) has made a name for himself as one of the leading comedians and On-Air Personalities in the Country by headlining across North America (including Canada), New Zealand, The U.K. and Africa.
Opening up for major acts such as The KINGS and QUEENS of comedy, New Edition, BEYONCE, Dottie Peoples, Najee, MoâNique, Donnie McClurkin, D.L. Hughley, Pastor Jesse Curney III, Jeff Majors, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary and more, has solidified this young manâs Ordered Steps. Because of his love for comedy and sports, âGRIFFâ landed the job as Sports Director and Co-Host of The Frank-Ski morning show, WVEE V-103FM in Atlanta from November 1998 â November 2001. With his quick wit and unsurpassed knowledge for sports news, âGRIFFâ took sports took to the ânext levelâ with his comedic twist on athletes and their stories. In 1999, he received Georgiaâs Sportscaster of the Year Award and in 2004 âStreet Skillzâ, a program he provided the color commentary for was nominated for an EMMY.
After finding out that Radio will give you MANY opportunities to work (âŠnice sentence for being Laid Off) âGRIFFâ was picked out of thousands to host the nationally syndicated TV Show THUNDERBOX. (on FOX SPORTS). THUNDERBOX in essence was hip-hop meets real boxing with a storyline compared to that of the WWE! With his natural love of the cameras, sports and music âŠ he was the obvious choice as Host. Through DONE DEAL ENTERTAINMENT, âGRIFFâ has many upcoming projects. These projects include DOND DEAL SPORTS (Radio / TV), The Toni & âGRIFFâ Show LIVE, LOL Wednesdays (Greenville, S.C.) and a number of âOne Nightersâ produced in different States each week. âGRIFFâ has appeared on B.E.T.âs COMIC VIEW four times, THE BIG BLACK COMEDY SHOW for SHOWTIME, The 1st Amendment COMEDY SHOW which aired on the STARS Network, The One Love Gospel Cruise (in 07, 09, 2010, 2011 & 2012) B.E.T.âs âA TIME TO LAUGHâ Hosted by Vickie Winans and most recently the fourth year of The Radio Oneâs Family Comedy Tour.
âGRIFFâ returned to radio in Atlanta in 2005 on Radio Oneâs HOT 107.9. The âA-Team Morning Showsâ theme was all about Atlanta! Rashan Ali, Emperor Searcy and GRIFFY2TRILLION were the culmination of entertainment and information with an incredible spice of comedy! After three and a half years of hard work, the crew gained tremendous audience among 18-34 year-old men and women in the market. (Another nice paragraph for âlaid off.â) Since September of 2009, âGRIFFâ has been working on his true passion, The Toni & âGRIFFâ Show, a Family oriented Radio / TV Show produced and created by his beautiful and hilarious wife Toni.
Ultimately, âGRIFFâ is a Comedian, an On-Air Personality, an Author, an Actor, a Motivational Speaker, a Daddy, an EMMY nominated Sportscaster and a man who puts JESUS CHRIST ahead of all men all wrapped into one âŠ And if thatâs not enough of aÂ Â BIO âŠ let us see yours!!! (smile) Stay Blessed.